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Metal mania burnishes the International Furniture Market

HIGH POINT, N.C. — While gold shone brightly last year at the fall International Furniture Market, this time it’s full-blown metal mania. Metallics of all kinds were red-hot this year, with bronze, copper and brass especially popular on occasional tables, lamps, inlays and accessories.

“The burnished warmth of golden metals and leaf finishes are stylish and trending,” said designer Jamie Drake. “After a long period of cool silver tones, glinting gold, brass and bronze are a rich relief that captivate me.”

The metals trend is not limited to case-goods, either. Upholstery seemed to be taking a shine to the look as well, with many chairs and sofas in fabrics mimicking a variety of alloys, from gold to aluminum. For a week during the recent market, nearly every showroom sported some shimmer. Here are a few manufacturers who tested their mettle at market:

Drake’s collection for Theodore Alexander takes the midcentury aesthetic to this century. He repeated an oversized brass pearl design in a floor lamp and coffee table to dramatic effect.

“The glistening orbs deployed in my polished brass Pearls tables and lamps are luscious and captivating,” he said. “When a less dazzling accent is desired, I opt for bronze, from dark oil-rubbed to light golden in tone.”

For those not ready to invest in a heavy metal interior, Norwalk Furniture had a simple bronze ball pillow.

All about making an entrance, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams used one piece of undulating sheet metal with a baked-on-brass finish as the base of the Rockwell console table, which holds a black quartz top and your keys.

Currey and Co. looked to church architecture for inspiration with its Cathedral coffee table, while Bliss Studio took its cue for a table base from Roman arches. Nuevo seemed to have Cartier in mind when designing its Roman numeral table.

Made Goods went “full metal jacket” with the Alfred chair made of hand-hammered iron in a gold or black finish. Pearson and Dorya were much more restrained in their alloys, using inlays of brass to enhance the appeal of their case-goods.

The Trump Home chest with horizontal brass inlays has a deco vibe and is part of the very high-end collection Dorya is doing for Trump Home. Global Views showed several copper-covered pieces, including columnlike side tables and the Pipe chandelier, which is two tiers of shiny copper pierced cylinders.

Table bases in metals from iron to brass to bronze were popular. Caracole’s Twister table shows off a sculptural base in a bright brass finish. The Phillips Collection offered a multitude of metal objects with brass-slatted folding chairs and animal sculptures, including a variety of dogs — even a standard poodle in a pewter finish.

Life-sized rhino heads in metal finishes for wall mounting were popular for selfies. More refined was the Dakota Collection by Decca Home, whose occasional tables have a quilted brass base with the metal continuing as an inlay on the highly polished wood top.

For its drinks tables, Go Home used mirror polished brass trays on a simple tripod base. Finally, Arteriors introduced a chain-link mirror by Barry Dixon. It’s a new twist on the ever-popular starburst mirror with gold-leaf iron around a plain mirror.


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